CBD And Pets – The Definitive Guide

CBD And Pets – The Definitive Guide

CBD And Pets – The Definitive Guide

CBD and pets is a hot topic right now in the medical cannabis world with many pet owners using the cannabis compound to treat conditions like arthritis and epilepsy. I, like most animal lovers, would do anything it takes to make sure my dog remains happy and healthy. So when my cousin’s 12-year-old arthritic Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Freya, was no longer responding to her prescribed pain medication, I was the first to recommend she should try CBD oil. Unfortunately, her vet had never heard of CBD and dissuaded her from continuing any further.

This is a common story, as perhaps only the most forward thinking vets favouring a natural approach would consider prescribing an oil extracted from the cannabis plant, even if it doesn’t contain any THC, the part that gets people (and animals) stoned.

While rejecting CBD out of hand is certainly not the most balanced approach, vets, like doctors, practice evidence-based medicine, meaning if there are no clinical trials proving a drug’s efficacy, they are unlikely to prescribe it. This is sadly the case for CBD, both for animals and their two legged, human companions.

So let’s take a look at what we do know so far about CBD and pets.

CBD And Pets – The Definitive Guide

What Is CBD?

CBD or Cannabidiol is a compound known as a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Most CBD products on the market are extracted from industrial hemp – which is the same as cannabis, but with only trace amounts of the psychoactive cannabinoid THC. This means that it can be taken without feeling high or disorientated; after all, who wants a stoned dog or cat?

Studies in humans show that CBD has an anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effect and can reduce seizures and ease feelings of anxiety. Some preclinical research also suggests that CBD might have anticancer properties, but this has yet to be confirmed outside of the laboratory.

Despite being isolated in the 1940s, scientists are only now discovering how CBD works in the body (both human and animal). The relatively recent discovery of the Endocannabinoid system in the 1990s has also had a huge impact on our understanding of how CBD works.

CBD And Pets – The Definitive Guide

CBD And Pets – The Definitive Guide
CBD And Pets – The Definitive Guide
CBD And Pets – The Definitive Guide
CBD And Pets – The Definitive Guide

CBD And Pets – The Definitive Guide

CBD And Pets – The Definitive Guide

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